Monday, November 08, 2010
OPEN EMAIL: Violation of General Municipal Law & Open Meetings Law by NYC DOE Authorized Charter Schools [2nd Request]
November 7, 2010
Dear Chancellor Klein:
I hope this email finds you well.
I am writing to you, again, because I have not received acknowledgment of receipt or a response from the NYC DoE for my letter via email (see below) sent to you on October 15, 2010, over two weeks ago.
My letter requested that you notify all DoE authorized charter schools that they must comply with the Open Meetings Law that requires board, committee and sub-committee meetings be open to the public AND can be videotaped and recorded. To date, you have not notified your charters and the aforementioned meetings are not listed on their websites nor published in the local newspapers.
In today's Daily News (see below), there is an article that reports you sent out a notice to all Community Education Councils at Eva Moskowitz's request informing them that their meetings are subject to Open Meetings Law and can be videotaped and recorded. I would like to know why you have complied with Ms. Moskowitz's request but have not complied with my request for the same notification but to charter leaders and their boards. I would hate to think that Ms. Moskowitz's request is more important than my request. It makes me feel like a second class citizen. Is a charter school leader more important than a charter parent?
I am also waiting for a response to my question on the status of PA/PTA's in NYC charter schools.
Lastly, in my previous email, I notified you that my principal was serving on our board in violation of General Municipal Law, sections 800-806. The principal has now stepped down and my board is no longer violating that law. However, there are DoE authorized charters which still are violating General Municipal Law by having administrators and/or staff on their boards. I am requesting, again, that you notify DoE authorized charters that employees can no longer serve on their boards.
I look forward to hearing from you or the Charter School Office.
Founder & President
NY Charter Parent Association
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